Yoga’s intention is to unite mind, body, and spirit…

We view the mind and body as one – and given the right “tool kit”, some of which are the postures, breath awareness and meditations that we practice, create the right environment in which we can find harmony to maintain good health and/or heal ourselves.

Yoga is therefore therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement as well as becoming aware of tensions held and stored in the body. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons people want to start practicing yoga – to feel fitter, be more energetic, and be happier and peaceful.

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Yoga really works

  • It helps to release stress, tension and anxiety
  • It cultivates greater body awareness, clear focus, attention and concentration
  • It balances the endocrine system, sooth the nervous system (fight or flight), activate the para-sympathetic nervous system (rest and repose) allowing us to relax, sleep more restful and find our natural body weight
  • It teaches us acceptance, non judgment and compassion for ourselves and others
  • We improve balance, strength, flexibility and find freedom of movement in our bodies
  • It gives us an overall sense of vitality, health and well being

Physical and Physiological Benefits:

  • Fully rotates the joints and spine creating more flexibility
  • Taking weight on all four limbs, the spine and shoulders improving bone health
  • Creating symmetry, left to right, and balancing front to back, fostering good alignment which helps with fall accident prevention
  • We aim to work with muscles in lengthened position and discourage tight, bunched muscles that cause compression around joints and reduce flexibility, gaining in muscle tone and overall strength
  • We aim to create space and softness but support and stability
  • We maintain muscle length, flexibility and balance on all sides of the body or limb to maintain, or re-gain good posture
  • Balances the glands responsible for estrogen, progesterone, calcium, and adrenaline levels
  • Increases oxygen for the repair and regeneration of all cells
  • Improves balance, focus, concentration and coordination
  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Endocrine function normalizes
  • Energy level increases
  • Weight normalizes, shop at our wonderful Briar Patch and California Organics californiaorganics.org
  • Sleep improves
  • Pain decreases
  • Respiratory efficiency increases
  • Integrated functioning of body parts improves

This is how it works:

Flexibility: Stretching your tight body in new ways will help it to become more flexible, bringing greater range of motion to muscles and joints. Over time, you can expect to gain flexibility in your hamstrings, back, shoulders, and hips.

Strength and Balance: Many yoga poses require you to support the weight of your own body in new ways including balancing on one leg (such as in Tree Pose), supporting yourself on all fours (such as in Downward Facing Dog) increasing not just muscular strength, but also strengthening the bones of your shoulders, arms, wrist and spine thus supporting bone health. As a by-product of getting stronger, you can expect to see increased muscle tone. Yoga helps shape long, lean muscles instead of tight, bunched muscles that cause compression around joints and reduce flexibility.

Better Breathing:Most of us breathe very shallowly into the lungs and don’t give much thought to how we breathe. Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, focus the attention on the breath and teach us how to better use our lungs, which benefits the entire body. Certain types of breath can also help clear the nasal passages and even calm the central nervous system, which has both physical and mental benefits.

Massaging of ALL Organs of the Body: Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate – that hardly get externally stimulated during our entire lifetime. Yoga acts in a wholesome manner on the various body parts. This stimulation and massage of the organs in turn benefits us by keeping away disease and providing a forewarning at the first possible instance of a likely onset of disease or disorder.

Complete Detoxification: By gently stretching muscles and joints as well as massaging the various organs, yoga ensures the optimum blood supply to various parts of the body. This helps in the flushing out of toxins from every nook and cranny as well as providing nourishment up to the last point. This leads to benefits such as delayed ageing, energy and a remarkable zest for life.

Psychological Benefits of Yoga:

  • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase
  • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases
  • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase
  • Anxiety and Depression decrease
  • Concentration improves
  • Memory improves
  • Attention improves
  • Learning efficiency improves
  • Well-being increases

Here is how it works:

Mental Calmness:Yoga asana practice is intensely physical. Concentrating so intently on what your body is doing has the effect of bringing a calmness to the mind. Yoga also introduces you to meditation techniques, such as watching how you breathe and disengagement from your thoughts, which help calm the mind.

Stress Reduction: Physical activity is good for relieving stress, and this is particularly true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are doing yoga. This provides a much-needed break from your stressors, as well as helping put things into perspective. The emphasis yoga places on being in the moment can also help relieve stress, as you learn not to dwell on past events or anticipate the future. You will leave a yoga class feeling less stressed than when you started.

Body Awareness: Doing yoga will give you an increased awareness of your own body. You are often called upon to make small, subtle movements to improve your alignment. Over time, this will increase your level of comfort in your own body. This can lead to improved posture and greater self-confidence.

Preventative: As we get older we tend to lose our balance more easily often causing falls and injuries, not just in the body but in our level of self-confidence when negotiation slippery pathways in winter, climbing uneven steps, stretching for something out of reach, changing light bulbs being perched on a chair. So how can yoga help, by becoming confident in the postures we practice in a safe environment you learn to balance and are establishing trust in your body that it will support you, so we go about our day feeling more relaxed and confident, incurring less falls. Should you incur an accident your body’s responses are far more honed and ready to catch you.

Full Life Yoga Studio,204 Providence Mine Road, Ste. 112, Nevada City, CA 95959, email: elke@fulllifeyogastudio.com, Tel: 530-277-3783